BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. This is an ongoing trend wherein employees are asked to bring their personal devices such as laptops and computers to the workplace and connecting it to the organization’s network.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, every organization has asked its employees to work from home. But not all employees had access to the organizations network from their personal devices. So, the IT dept of many organizations came up with this idea of BYOD to ensure there is no effect on the daily operations of the company.
How BYOD Works?
BYOD ensures that there is no effect on work even if the employee is not present at the workplace. So, the employer allows employees with the option of BYOD. Employer will make a list of devices which can be allowed to connect to the organization’s network. Employer will install a software in the device so that it will be connected to the organization network.
In some cases, the employer might register the employee’s device in the organization network which will allow access to the employee. The employer usually decides a fair use policy which helps the employee to understand what to do and what not to do.
Although it seems easy there can be various issues while connecting the devices. There can be a compatibility issue of devices or network error or any such issues. Nevertheless, BYOD if implemented effectively, it can be very useful for the company.
Advantages of BYOD
Employees have the flexibility of using their own device. If employees are using the device of their own choice, they can work with better productivity. Often employee’s complaint that device which they have received is not working properly or is not compatible. This reduces their satisfaction & thus productivity.
From a company or organization’s point of view, IT & maintenance cost is reduced. Every organization incurs a huge IT & maintenance cost every year. BYOD can help to reduce the cost & thus organization can focus on other important factors.
Disadvantages of BYOD
Since the employees are using their own devices, the company has not much access to controlling & managing the device. So, there are high chances of data being used by other apps which are installed in the device. If the device is hacked by hackers, the important data can be stolen or misused.
Another risk is that since it is a personal device of an employee, he can carry it wherever he wants. So, if he loses his device, the risk is also there of data being used by unauthorized people.
Another risk is that if an employee is in an area where there is poor network, then there will not be any productivity. Employees will not be able to connect to the database.
BYOD is an ongoing trend in technology. Especially in COVID-19 Pandemic, work from home has been enforced by all the organizations. Many organizations were not ready with the work from home facility for their employees. So, they faced major problems.
Now since companies have understood the importance of work from home, they have started to implement and take measures which will ensure that every employee is capable to work from home or anywhere.
There are risks involved in this, but if properly planned and executed these risks can be minimized. Organizations need a strong policy to make sure there is no confusion.